First Steps for Math Olympians: Using the American Mathematics Competitions / Edition 1by J. Douglas Faires
Pub. Date: 08/31/2006
Publisher: Mathematical Association of America
A major aspect of mathematical training and its benefit to society is the ability to use logic to solve problems. The American Mathematics Competitions have been given for more than fifty years to millions of students. This book considers the basic ideas behind the solutions to the majority of these problems, and presents examples and exercises from past exams to illustrate the concepts. Anyone preparing for the Mathematical Olympiads will find many useful ideas here, but people generally interested in logical problem solving should also find the problems and their solutions stimulating. The book can be used either for self-study or as topic-oriented material and samples of problems for practice exams. Useful reading for anyone who enjoys solving mathematical problems, and equally valuable for educators or parents who have children with mathematical interest and ability.
Table of ContentsPreface; 1. Arithmetic ratios; 2. Polynomials and their zeros; 3. Exponentials and radicals; 4. Defined functions and operations; 5. Triangle geometry; 6. Circle geometry; 7. Polygons; 8. Counting; 9. Probability; 10. Prime decomposition; 11. Number theory; 12. Sequences and series; 13. Statistics; 14. Trigonometry; 15. Three-dimensional geometry; 16. Functions; 17. Logarithms; 18. Complex numbers; Solutions to exercises; Epilogue; Sources of the exercises; Index; About the author.
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